Reacting to the news, Lau said that it was a long-term dream come true and she was "honoured to receive the milestone accolade," as well as thanking all past and present staff and mentors, friends and guests, farmers and suppliers. "Dreams do come true with passion, patience, blood, sweat and tears. Create together for tomorrow” she said.
The accolade took Lau eight years to earn, having held on to one Michelin star since first opening her restaurant almost a decade ago. Her restaurant, located in Sheung Wan, has become widely lauded for her French-Chinese food. In a style referred to as 'culinary expressionism', Lau creates an eight-course menu of ‘edible stories’, taking guests on a journey while they eat.
Lau took an unconventional route into fine-dining after giving up her career in advertising and instead channelling her creative ambitions into cooking professionally. She kicked off her career with an apprenticeship at Cépage before launching out on her own and opening TATE Dining Room in 2012.
She has been a visible leader in Asia, winning Asia's Best Female Chef in 2015, and using the platform to remain active in ongoing discussions about the role of women in gastronomy, as well as launching a series of pop-up dinners featuring some of the best female chefs in the world. Her restaurant is one of over 20 in Asia to be recognised with a Michelin star and be helmed by a female chef.
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